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So a friend of mine got shafted buying a VAIO laptop. the salesdude said it had 256mb of memory. Turns out the ACTUAL PHYSICAL memory is 8MB the rest is virtual video memory.
He cant add a video card in the laptop, so he's looking for ways to ugprade. Lokking at PCMCIA devices, is there such a thing as a PCMCIA video card or is he better to sell the damn thing and buy a modable lappy or just buying a desktop on the side?
The model is SONY VAIO PCG-7Y2L
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post #2 of 36
No such thing as a PCMCIA video card.

There are some ExpressCard (aka PCIe) external video card boxes... but not sure if they ever were released.
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Yeah, there are PCMCIA video cards.

http://sewelldirect.com/vtbookpcmciacard.asp?adpath=/Google/Video>Misc/VTBook%20PCMCIA%20Card&keywords=pcmcia%20video%20c ard&search=search&gclid=CIDmtrrPj5ACFQU6awod8BEYtw

Google: PCMCIA video card
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post #4 of 36
My bad...they stopped making them about 3 or 4 years ago. There might be large external solutions like this:

http://www.fareastgizmos.com/computi..._computers.php
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post #5 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by FrankenPC View Post
My bad...they stopped making them about 3 or 4 years ago. There might be large external solutions like this:

http://www.fareastgizmos.com/computi..._computers.php
That's not PCMCIA... that's ExpressCard.
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Its still awesome...
    
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post #7 of 36
Does the laptop have USB 2.0? If so you friend may be in luck:

http://www.ohgizmo.com/2007/12/06/more-usb-video-cards/
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nevaziah View Post
So a friend of mine got shafted buying a VAIO laptop. the salesdude said it had 256mb of memory. Turns out the ACTUAL PHYSICAL memory is 8MB the rest is virtual video memory.
He cant add a video card in the laptop, so he's looking for ways to ugprade. Lokking at PCMCIA devices, is there such a thing as a PCMCIA video card or is he better to sell the damn thing and buy a modable lappy or just buying a desktop on the side?
The model is SONY VAIO PCG-7Y2L
A piece of advice for the future: never ever take the salesperson's word on this or that with regards to computers (or technology) as the final trustworthy word. Try to do the research on the laptop before jumping on the purchase. Most of the time those sales people have no clue what their talking about (example: Best Buy sales reps).
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post #10 of 36
There are some external GPU's but at this point the connection interface is the bottleneck. So no you are out of luck. Oh and this old! USB/anything else just lacks the bandwidth.
    
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